By AMANDA VINCENT
Both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity series head to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for night racing, with the Xfinity Series taking to the track Friday night for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 and the Sprint Cup Series closing out the RIR race weekend with the running of the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night. For the Sprint Cup Series, the Richmond race is the last race of the 26-race regular season, so after Saturday night’s checkered flag, the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup field will be set.
Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series has the weekend off.
Here’s a look at the weekend schedule of on-track activity at Richmond International Raceway (courtesy of NASCAR.com):
All times ET
8-9:55 a.m. — Xfinity Series practice (NBCSN)
10-10:55 a.m. — Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN)
Noon-1:25 p.m. — Sprint Cup final practice (NBCSN)
4:15 pm. — Xfinity Series qualifying (NBCSN)
5:45 p.m. — Sprint Cup qualifying (NBCSN)
7:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (NBCSN)
7:30 p.m. — Sprint Cup race (NBCSN)
WEATHER (courtesy of Accuweather.com):
The Friday and Saturday weather forecasts for Richmond, Va., paint a picture of mostly clear skies, at least, for Friday, while the chance of precipitation is somewhat small for Saturday. Temperatures are expected to be high during the day both days, as highs are expected to reach the mid-90s. Both evenings/nights, though, are expected to see temperatures in the mid 70s, favorable for night racing. There is only a seven percent chance of precipitation Friday night, up from one percent during the daytime hours. The biggest chance of rain is on Saturday, with the chance of precipitation at 21 percent.
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